Liposuction treatment of the sides and the lower back is usually done under general anesthesia. The patient is usually turned during the surgery so that each side is up in turn. This allows the surgeon to treat the area and then feather the area into the untreated areas. Feathering just means that the surgeon blends in the treated to the non-treated areas, so that there are no step-offs or other irregularities between the treated and non treated zones. The patient usually starts flat on their backs, followed by right side or left side up, then the opposite side is treated. Smaller sized tubes are used for feathering liposuction into the untreated areas as well as near the skin surface.
Claudio DeLorenzi MD FRCS